Proprioception After Elbow Injury, Surgery, and Rehabilitation

  • Tüzün Firat
  • Özgün Uysal


Upper extremities do fine motor activities on a daily basis with high precision. In daily life, many activities such as writing, using computer, eating and dressing are being done repetitively. In order to do these activities function of elbow joint leads to change in hand position with flexion, extension, pronation and supination movements. To achieve this much preciseness in movement, proprioception is the key element. Even though elbow proprioception is not investigated comprehensively, it is a crucial element in rehabilitation of the whole arm.

Injuries to the elbow, affect structural elements providing integrity including proprioceptive afferents. Depending on injury severity, treatment options may include surgery or conservative treatment. In conservative approach it is important to know the proprioception concepts and proprioceptive structures besides elbow anatomy and mechanics. In rehabilitation phase, therapists should be aware of proprioceptive loss. In this chapter, elbow proprioception concept involving assessment methods and applications is discussed.


Kinaesthesia Joint position sense Assessment 


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  1. 1.Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy and RehabilitationHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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